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Newt Gingrich Affirms Anti-Gay Family Leader Marriage Vow

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has submitted a letter to the Family Leader – lead by the rabidly anti-gay Bob Vander Plaats – affirming the organization’s Marriage Vow. Previously, fellow candidates Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed onto the pledge.

In a letter to the Family Leader, Gingrich said:

Defending Marriage.  As President, I will vigorously enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted under my leadership as Speaker of the House, and ensure compliance with its provisions, especially in the military.  I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts.  I will support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification.  I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman.  I will support all efforts to reform promptly any uneconomic or anti-marriage aspects of welfare and tax policy.  I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.

The Marriage Vow calls homosexuality a choice and a threat to public health.

Bachmann and Santorum signed the vow several months ago; Perry signed it shortly before Thanksgiving.

Read the Family Leader’s full Marriage Vow.

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